Author Archive for Neil Wolkodoff

New Mexican dining in Santa Fe

New Mexican dining in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an artist mecca. Creativity is supported by an incredible number of art studios and galleries. While that scene is well documented, it may be the food artistry where Santa Fe really shines. Per capita, Santa Fe is definitely the best dining in the U.S. and maybe the world. These dining […]

5 unique luxury hotel experiences in Oahu

5 unique luxury hotel experiences in Oahu

When you think of Hawaii, you want to wake up to waves and ocean breezes. Possibly the best place to combine a great hotel with matching luxury amenities and off-site experiences is Oahu. Because it gets constant visitor business, the competition is stiff, hotels and resorts tend to go the extra pillow and slippers. These […]

Compelling Hawaiian-inspired dining in Oahu

Compelling Hawaiian-inspired dining in Oahu

Oahu, the gathering spot of the Hawaiian Islands, has become the center point of exceptional dining experiences. While most people who visit Hawaii might want the cultural experience of a Luau, the fusion of cooking styles and cuisines make this a one of a kind destination. Expect dishes where Hawaiian culture meets international influence. And […]

5 great features of the Aquarium Wine Festival in Denver

5 great features of the Aquarium Wine Festival in Denver

As wine festivals go, the Downtown Aquarium Wine Festival in Denver just might be the best combination of activities, great wine, and stellar food in Denver Summer festivals. And, since it occurs on a Saturday afternoon in August, you still have time to see other sights or diversions in the downtown Denver area. Critter central […]

7 reasons to visit Lake Charles in Louisiana

7 reasons to visit Lake Charles in Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana sits on the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the lake of the same name, culture, unique cuisine, and attractions. This is Cajun country, full of historical French-inspired influence that extends from lodging to attractions to cuisine. The area is known for incredible fishing and hunting, yet the other aspects of Lake […]

5 unique luxury hotels in Amsterdam

5 unique luxury hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a cultural and business gateway, it is only natural there are many unique, luxury hotels across the city. In most cases, hotels are unique blends of old and new that transcend the usual definitions of hotels. They are neighborhood and historical combinations that give the traveler a unique lodging experience that combines luxury […]

5 fine dining experiences in Amsterdam

5 fine dining experiences in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city where culinary opportunities are rising faster than just about any city in Europe. The multi-cultural nature of the residents plus the fact visitors come from all over the world has resulted in Michelin star chefs painting culinary creations with a unique approach. And the product is meals and creations that expand […]

6 of the best high altitude experiences at Keystone Resort outside of the Winter season

6 of the best high altitude experiences at Keystone Resort outside of the Winter season

At 80 miles west of Denver, Keystone is either an easy destination to reach or not too far out of the way if part of other Rocky Mountain adventures. Keystone has morphed in a top-notch destination for summer and fall with a bevy of adult festivals, activities each day for children, and then activities the […]

6 Summer Colorado food and wine festivals

6 Summer Colorado food and wine festivals

Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain corridor. In the winter skiing rules. In the Summer and Fall, food and wine festivals abound with some unique approaches to the tried and true sample-and-dine model. Here is a line up of the best festivals to consider for the Summer/Fall season of 2018 in Colorado. Telluride […]

5 of the best luxury hotels for active travelers in Mazatlan

5 of the best luxury hotels for active travelers in Mazatlan

Mazatlan is unique in Mexico as this is a working town that also has a high number of visitors. It also is incredibly active with numerous beaches, water adventures, and inland tours. So in Mazatlan, the hotels are as luxurious as they need to be considering you are there for the evening, and then off […]

5 Big Island food festivals to look out for 2018

5 Big Island food festivals to look out for 2018

One of the best places for food and cultural festivals is the Big Island of Hawaii. The reasons are simple – the festivals really get the community behind them so it’s a big production, and after the festival or before, the Big Island has almost endless exploring and relaxing options. And, as Hawaii is trying […]

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Cigar smoking as a pastime is gaining popularity compared to five years ago. The reasons are simple – a pleasant experience generally with good friends in a relaxed atmosphere with an adult beverage. And, it is an activity that cigar smokers enjoy while traveling. With over 2200 in attendance, The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival held […]

4 unique Big Island spa experiences

4 unique Big Island spa experiences

Nothing like a beach breeze and flowing palm trees to make you relax during a spa treatment. On the Big Island of Hawaii, there are four venues that are unique in their approach, and worth your time to get the ‘aaahhhh’ factor. As our explorations revealed, sometimes bigger is not better as some of the […]

The 5 best luxury hotels on the Big Island of Hawaii

The 5 best luxury hotels on the Big Island of Hawaii

No matter where you travel from, Hawaii is a pretty long journey. After all that travel, many people just prefer to park at one beautiful property/resort and be able to soak up the rays, the surf and dine on local delicacies. Here are the best properties on the Big Island that fit that purpose of […]

The 6 best golf holes and courses on the Big Island

The 6 best golf holes and courses on the Big Island

Lava fields and sea views make for spectacular golf on the Big Island of Hawaii. Not every course can have every hole running along the ocean. If it did, you might get taken from the majesty of the view and duff the shot! What makes golf interesting on the Big Island is how each course […]

Dine like a local on the Big Island

Dine like a local on the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii has numerous of restaurants that provide an upscale experience. Once in a while, you want to just come in your slippas’ and dine where the locals hang. A little more relaxed, a bit more local flavor and no shortage of interesting personalities. Umekes Fishmarket Bar & Grill is reputed to […]